Parish News

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General Community News

FOMA Presents: Duruflé Requiem and Messe Cum Jubilo // Next Sunday, March 11, members of both the Ascension and Westminster Presbyterian choirs will present Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Messe Cum Jubilo with a 40-player orchestra in concert at 4:30 pm. Come support your local choirs and experience sublimely beautiful touchstones of the liturgical choral literature. The concert, lasting fewer than 70 minutes, if free of charge.

Ascension’s own Scot Williams on CD // KSO Cellist D. Scot Williams, a member of the choir, has recorded a CD of unaccompanied cello works. The pieces were commissioned by or written for Scot, and were composed by Robert Cronin, Mark Harrell, and Lucas Richman. Two of Scot’s own compositions were recorded as well. CDs are available either through the Knoxville Symphony office or from Scot directly, at a cost of $15.

Community Chest Update // Community Chest contributed over $10,000 to FISH Hospitality Pantries last year while only charging $1.00 per garment and giving away hundreds of garments free every week. Thank you, Ascension, for your support in this vital ministry for our community.

Justice Knox // Wednesday Evening, March 7, Room 101, 6:45 pm // Please come hear from Marjorie Thigpen-Carter, the director of Justice Knox as well as Ascension members who are part of the research process. You’ll hear updates on our progress in Education and Mental Health as well as research on Affordable Housing. If you’d like to eat dinner, sign-up in the church office by Tuesday, March 6, or email

Thank You from Family Promise // Thank you to the 65 Ascension parishioners who worked so hard to provide a safe and loving place for the four Family Promise families that stayed with us last week. Whether you moved furniture, made up beds, bought groceries, cooked food, spent the night, or washed linens, you made a difference and your efforts are appreciated.

Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to Suttons Ridge Overlook from Cosby Campground on Wednesday, March 7, for an approximately 5 mile round trip hike rated easy/moderate because of continuous (occasionally steep) climb to the overlook – remember it is much easier on the return trip.  Hikers should be prepared to eat lunch at the overlook, to wear layers to deal with changes in climate, and to stay hydrated.  Departure will be 9:00 am from the church parking lot.  Contact Emily Vreeland to RSVP at

Parish-Wide Adult Sunday School

How Do Congregations Work? The Very Rev. Ward Ewing to Present at Parish-Wide Sunday School // Parish Hall, 9:15 am, Today and March 11 // St. Paul described the Church as the Body of Christ. In bodies when one part is hurt, other parts of the body also are affected. Contemporary family systems theory offers us important insights into how communities – families, churches, cities, bodies – work. Fr. Ewing will describe how these insights may be used to help us work together more closely, build a stronger church community, and truly be the Body of Christ.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Evening Prayer // Chapel, 5:45 pm // Close out the day with Evening Prayer.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 pm // This week’s Parish Supper will feature chicken and wild rice soup, curried red lentil soup, salad, bread, and light dessert. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child with a $25/max per family. Sign-up by Tuesday, March 6, in the parish office, or email

Journeys of Faith: Let it Go // Parish Hall, 6:45-8:30 pm // Our third gathering of five for those previously signed-up.

Continuing Centering Prayer // 6:00 pm, OFF-SITE at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Rd // As a continuation of Fr. Tom Ward’s Centering Prayer workshop held Saturday, February 17, we will hold six follow-up sessions on Wednesday evenings (except during Holy Week) beginning at 6:00 pm, off-site (see above). These gatherings are intended primarily for those who attended the workshop but anyone else who has had some experience with Centering Prayer is welcome to participate. If you would like to attend but have NOT had previous exposure to this practice, please contact Pam or Allen Douglass at for some basic training, prior to joining the group.

NOTE – CHANGE OF VENUE: Thursday 4:30 pm Centering Prayer – will be held in the Old Transept-Parish Hall from March 1st through April 12th, with the exception of Holy Week.

Children’s News

Children’s Easter Service and Egg Hunt // March 31, 3:00 pm // Please save the date for this annual family event.

Spring Break Alert // Children’s Sunday school for the next two weeks (March 11 and 18) will be a combined class (Grades K-5) and will meet in the Children’s Church room, Room 210. Pre-K kids will go to the nursery.

Youth News

Sunday School // Teen Sunday School meets today at 9:15 am in the youth room.

AYG Meetings // AYG for High School will meet tonight at 6:00 pm in the Youth Room. AYG for Middle School will meet Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room.

Dinner Angels // Dinner Angels is a program in which our parishioners and parents provide meals for our hungry teens during youth group. Our teens have expressed a desire to add some variety to their meals during AYG meetings. Parents and other parishioners are invited to sign up and share in this service and fellowship opportunity. Want to try out a new recipe? Have a flair in the kitchen? Just want to feed a small crowd? We welcome home-cooked meals and catered meals. Our sign-ups, details, and schedule are available online:

Middle School Dinners:

High School Dinners:

Navigating Lent

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,
to the observance of a holy Lent,
by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer and fasting, and self-denial;
and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”

Continue Lent With: Daily Office – 7:00 am & 5:45 pm, Every Day

Daily Office, a twice-daily prayer service of morning and evening prayer led by members of Ascension, provides a still, contemplative time to begin and end your day. Consider attending as often or as little as you are able to discover the rewards of daily praise and prayer.

Praying with Icons: Stations of the Cross – Fridays at 5:45 pm

On each Friday in Lent beginning with Friday, February 16, at 5:45 pm, the officers of Daily Office will lead groups through the Stations of the Cross icons in the Nave. You can also pick up a booklet in the parish office and go through the stations yourself. Visit to see an online tour of the Ascension icons, meditations, and prayers for each station.

Enhancing Your Lenten Resources: Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day is a print/digital resource of daily Scripture and inspiration that aides the reader in reflection, prayer, and action. Instead of giving up something, you can add this easy and short daily Scripture-based meditation guide to your morning, lunch, or evening routine. This and other Forward Movement materials as available in the foyer. You can find booklets on “How to Keep Lent,” “Walking the Labyrinth,” “Centering Prayer,” “Praying with Icons,” and other inspirational materials.

Making Lent Fun: Lent in a Bag

Are you and your family busy this Lent? Looking for a way to engage and explain Lent to your children while at home? This year, Megan Alden has brought back “Lent in a Bag,” a fun, tactile exploration of the themes of Lent. Each bag has an instruction sheet with a brief meditation for one night of each week in Lent (that’s six weeks). Swing by the Christian Education Wing after Ash Wednesday to pick up “Lent in a Bag” for your family. We ask that you take one bag per household.

Centering Prayer: Deepening your Prayer Life

Centering Prayer is a contemplative, quiet prayer method that centers on a segment of Scripture as the grounding of the meditation or contemplation. Centering Prayer is offered on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in the Library and at 4:30 pm on Thursdays in the Library. For information about the follow-up sessions from the Centering Prayer Workshop, see Pam or Allen Douglass.

Studying Scripture with Brothers and Sisters: Lectionary Groups

Each Sunday is given a specific set of Scripture readings. This collection of appointed readings, called the lectionary, affords the church the ability to cover most of the significant Scriptural passages in a three year cycle. Ascension has lectionary study groups that provide multiple opportunities to delve deeper with the lectionary readings, either in their entirety or certain selections. Consider joining the Wednesday Lectionary Study or the Other Brothers Lectionary Lunch. Also, the Men’s Bible Study on Tuesday Mornings at 7:00 am explores a dedicated Scriptural topic for larger periods of time with engaging conversation and discussion.

Not all Prayer is Stationary: Walking the Labyrinth

Have you wandered up the hill in the back parking lot? If you do, you’ll discover a peaceful garden area with benches as well as a stone and gravel labyrinth. To get your journey started, pick up one of the Walking the Labyrinth pamphlets on the Forward Movement rack, or just begin the labyrinth on your own to see what might happen.

Writing Your Way through Lent: Journaling with John

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, while not a dedicated Lenten resource, is an excellent way to spend six weeks with Jesus in the Gospel of John. Each page has a dedicated scriptural passage with ample journaling and meditation space for each day of the week. Stop by Andrew Morehead’s office for a sample, or head to for more information. Artistic copies are approximately $3.00 on Amazon, or free printed copies are available from Andrew.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Bob Bomely, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian, Mary Katheryn Crone,
The Finch Family, Mike Johnson, Laura Nichols, Ned and Beth Patterson, Bill Schall, Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick Strehlow, Bethany Wohlford

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension maintains two prayer lists. The first list is for parishioners, staff, and their immediate families, and prayers are offered for these people during Sunday services. Their names can be found on the white prayer board in the office area. The second list includes additional names as requested by you. The people on this list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer at the Daily Office. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.